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Holy Wells


                    St Brigids Well -  Ardagh

A holy well or sacred spring is a well or spring or other small body of water revered either in a Christian or pagan context, sometimes both.  Ireland is home to more than 3,000 holy wells, each attached to their own saints, legends, and healing properties. These holy wells have been sites of worship and prayer for centuries and are still visited today by those who seek the miraculous cures offered by the waters.

It was believed that drinking from these holy waters or bathing in them would bestow the power of the Otherworld in the form of poetic inspiration, wisdom, or healing. Supernatural fish, especially salmon or trout, are still said to appear in a well's depths to those seeking omens for the future. The fish motif may derive from a belief that well goddesses could take the form of a fish. Also, salmon were often credited with being bearers of "iomas" - the "light that illumines" - meaning the insight and wisdom that comes from a supernatural encounter, rather than the knowledge acquired through conventional study.

List of Holy Wells in County Longford

St. Brigid's Well, Ardagh

St. Patrick's Well, Moyne

Tobar Rí an Domhnaigh, Abbeylara

Toberpatrick Holy Well, Dromard

Our Lady's Well, Legan

 Lady Well, Barley Harbour, Newtowncashel - see here Newtowncashel - well & mass rock                                                           

Useful links: Irish Culture & Customs - Holy Wells,The Wells of County Longford, - Holy Well Ardagh, County Longford Holy Wells



This project was assisted by Longford Local Community Development Committee, Longford Community Resources Clg. and Longford County Council through the Rural Development Programme (LEADER) 2014-2020 which is part-financed by the EU, "The European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development: Europe investing in rural areas" and the Department of Rural & Community Development.       The European Commission.

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